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Microsoft knocks $550 off the fantastic Dell XPS 13 as last-minute PC deals get crazier

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 14:29

Though Microsoft is actively encouraging you to buy its Surface Pro (2017) tablet at $200 off, an even better deal lies behind the scenes: a whopping $550 off the top-rated Dell XPS 13 9360, knocking the price down to $749. 

Both are part of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals

By far the most compelling offer is the Dell XPS 13 9360, which we considered a great deal when it was selling for $999 just last week. (In Gordon Mah Ung’s XPS 13 9360 review (4.5/5 stars), he calls the 8th-gen Core laptop the “best one yet.”)

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Run Windows On Your Mac With CrossOver 17, Now 50% Off

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 14:29

No matter where you stand on the Mac vs. PC debate, you shouldn't have to jump through hoops to get your favorite Windows apps running on your Mac. With CrossOver 17, you can quickly and easily launch Windows apps right from your Mac dock without buying a Windows license, rebooting, or using a virtual machine, and it's on sale for over half-off the usual price.

Whether you're looking to tap into Window's suite of productivity tools or just add some killer games to your Mac, CrossOver 17 allows you to seamlessly install and run Windows applications on your Mac (or Linux computer) without any extra add-ons. You can launch Windows software straight from your dock and operate Windows software at native speed, preserving precious performance speed.

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Save Hundreds On The 2018 CompTIA Security Certification Bundle (95% Off)

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 14:24

The world is becoming more connected on the digital plane, and as such, hackers and cybercriminals look to exploit these massive networks for vulnerabilities. That's why demand is high for IT experts versed in the fields of cybersecurity—but only if they bear the appropriate certifications. With the 2018 CompTIA Security Certification Bundle, you can fast-track yourself to join their in-demand ranks by preparing to ace three leading IT certification exams—and for a fraction of the usual cost.

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Oppo UDP-205 Ultra-HD Audiophile Blu-ray player review: Audiophile sound and price tag (plus Dolby Vision)

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 13:50
With 32-bit DACs and other upscale components, you won't hear better analog audio from an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. It's also the first player we've tested to support Dolby Vision 4K UHD discs.

Oppo UDP-205 Ultra-HD Audiophile Blu-ray player review: Audiophile sound and price tag (plus Dolby Vision)

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 13:50
With 32-bit DACs and other upscale components, you won't hear better analog audio from an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. It's also the first player we've tested to support Dolby Vision 4K UHD discs.

Amazon is selling the Ecobee4 at its Black Friday price

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 13:21

If you missed the Ecobee4 sale the first time around, Amazon has you covered. Today the retailer is selling the Ecobee4 for $200. That's the same price we saw at Lowe's and others (including Amazon) on Black Friday. Usually this latest model of the Ecobee sells for the MSRP of $249.

The big change with the Ecobee4 compared to its predecessor is built-in Alexa Voice Service. Prior to this, the Ecobee integrated with Alexa devices like most other smart home devices. With Alexa built-in, you can use the smart thermometer to get news, set timers, and many of the other things you can ask of an Echo device. The Ecobee4 works with the Google Assistant if you've got a Google Home device, too.

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Amazon is selling the Ecobee4 at its Black Friday price

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 13:21

If you missed the Ecobee4 sale the first time around, Amazon has you covered. Today the retailer is selling the Ecobee4 for $200. That's the same price we saw at Lowe's and others (including Amazon) on Black Friday. Usually this latest model of the Ecobee sells for the MSRP of $249.

The big change with the Ecobee4 compared to its predecessor is built-in Alexa Voice Service. Prior to this, the Ecobee integrated with Alexa devices like most other smart home devices. With Alexa built-in, you can use the smart thermometer to get news, set timers, and many of the other things you can ask of an Echo device. The Ecobee4 works with the Google Assistant if you've got a Google Home device, too.

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Save 50% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 09:22

The TP-LINK HS100 smart plug is quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you're away, or engage a "countdown timer" which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple -- just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.

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Save 50% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 09:22

The TP-LINK HS100 smart plug is quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you're away, or engage a "countdown timer" which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple -- just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II - Resurrection review: A disappointing end to Iden Versio's story

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 09:00

It doesn’t get any better. That’s all you really need to know about this week’s Star Wars: Battlefront II mini-expansion. Timed to land alongside The Last Jedi’s theater release, it’s the first bit of post-launch content for Battlefront II and adds stuff that’s theoretically tied to the movie—meaning Finn and Captain Phasma as heroes, plus a new ground map set on the planet Crait (which given the loot crate controversy is a pretty ironic name) and new space battle map set around D’Qar.

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iMac Pro first look: Apple’s most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 08:30
Made for video editing, 3D graphics, VR, and software development, Apple's new pro Mac is an engineering feat.

iMac Pro first look: Apple’s most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 08:30

The long-awaited iMac Pro is finally here. On Thursday, December 14, Apple’s new workstation-class Mac became available on the company’s website. The 8- and 10-core iMac Pro ships immediately, while the 14- and 18-core models ship in January.

The release of the iMac Pro is significant for Apple. The Mac Pro, released in 2013, has had only one minor update in four years, and Apple earlier this year admitted that the machine is a mistake. And while the company could say that a top-of-the-line iMac has plenty of processing power, it’s not the workstation-level computer that demanding professionals want. This machine is a sign that Apple still values pro users and wants to offer a Mac that can meet their demands. During an iMac Pro media event (attended by Macworld), company executives and third-party developers in attendance hammered that point home.

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Samsung's Notebook 9 Pen is ready for your scribbles, drawings and more

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 07:11

Samsung's Notebook 9 Pen is a slender 360-degree laptop that's committed to the stylus way of doing things. Of course there's a keyboard, but this convertible laptop wants to make it easy for you to scribble, tap, and create with your hand.

Announced Wednesday night, the Notebook 9 Pen and several other Notebook 9 models will ship in Korea first, then the United States in the first quarter of 2018. Prices were not disclosed. 

Why this matters: Samsung announced the Notebook 9 Pen and several other laptops on Wednesday night to get ahead of the news deluge at CES. Samsung is a relatively small player in the huge U.S. PC market, so every model counts. By focusing on pen input for the Notebook 9 Pen and a few other models, it has a chance of attracting stylus enthusiasts.

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Wash, rinse, repeat: Pre-dooming the iPhone

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 07:00

It’s a little early for Christmas but, let’s face it, any time is a good time for the Ghost of iPhones Future to visit Apple.

Writing for The Motley Fool, Ashraf Eassa defies the linear nature of time in order to doom the 2019 iPhone.

“Apple Inc.'s 2019 iPhone Problem.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Joel.)

You, a dullard: “The 2018 iPhone is doomed!”

Ashraf Eassa, a learned man of letters: “I say the 2019 iPhone is doomed!”

How does he do it?

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Excel functions: 7 ways to use Text functions to manage data

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 06:30

Excel’s Text functions are a major time saver if your job entails managing massive data, especially data that’s imported from other sources. Fortunately, all ASCII data is easily imported, but the format of that imported data can vary drastically from one source to another.

For example, fields may be delimited, such as  with tabs, spaces, commas, or periods. Aany other characters are all preferable to spaces. That’s because spaces not only exist in between fields, they also separate words within the fields, which makes sorting out the fields a real challenge. That’s where the following Text functions are very helpful.

A. Use the SUBSTITUTE function to replace one string of text with another

Function syntax: The syntax (or sentence structure) of the SUBSTITUTE function is this:

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Verizon's free NFL streaming deal is good for cord cutters—but there's a catch

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 06:00
NFL games will be free to stream on smartphones next year, but watching on TV could still cost you.

Verizon's free NFL streaming deal is good for cord cutters—but there's a catch

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 06:00
NFL games will be free to stream on smartphones next year, but watching on TV could still cost you.

Best iPhone: How to pick the perfect iPhone for you

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 17:34

This guide was most recently updated on December 13, 2017.

Picking out an iPhone used to be easier—just get the newest one with all the storage you can afford. We still recommend plenty of storage, but the choice of which iPhone to get it on isn’t quite so cut-and-dry. Do you want the phone with the best camera, the one with the lowest starting price, or maybe just one with a headphone jack?

There's another major factor that will influence what iPhone you should buy: Apple's latest iPhone release included three (!!!) new models to choose from: The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (which went on sale on September 22, 2017), and the iPhone X (which landed in stores six weeks later).

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Microsoft's path to a smarter Bing and Cortana includes tapping Reddit users' opinions

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 17:30

Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Cortana digital assistant might not change that much from day to day, but behind the scenes they’re getting smarter—integrating factual insights from more sources, including the opinions of Reddit users.

At an AI-focused event in San Francisco, Microsoft showed off a number of improvements, all geared towards increasing the “intelligence” of Bing, Cortana, and Microsoft Office. 

Why this matters: Calling out some of these behind-the-scenes upgrades helps Microsoft demonstrate its unique attributes, and thus relevance, among the competing AI-based platforms of Amazon, Apple, and Google.

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Bing already lets you comparison shop for similar items across the web. Now you can isolate an object in a photo and shop for it.

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BuyDig has a 27-inch 4K monitor with FreeSync for $350

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 14:24

This holiday season you can give the gift of 4K FreeSync gaming, thanks to a deal at BuyDig today. The online retailer is selling the HP Envy 27-inch 4K monitor for $350 when you use coupon code c11710154586 (via SlickDeals).

This IPS display has a 4K UHD resolution of 3840x2160, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a native response time of 14 milliseconds. On the back, it has one DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 2.0, one HDMI 1.4, and one USB-C port. It also has a "micro-edge bezel" to minimize distractions for gamers who go for multi-monitor setups.

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